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252                          MA.NAGEHZST o? THE SETH'S TEMPLE.
and notorious. Immorality and priestly dignity, it Is true, are not universally
accounted as incompatible Qualities ; bat the scandal in Ms case is augmented
by the ceremonial filiation he incurs from Ms habit of familiar intercourse
with the lowest classes of the people, while his reckless extravagance knows
nci bounds. Since Bis father's death he receives a fixed allowance for his
maintenance ; but another Garn has Been brought up from Madras to conduct
the temple services, and toe estate is entirely under the control of the commit-
tee. This consists of six members, of whom the most active is Seth Narayaa
Das. He is also appointed general attorney for the trustees, and all the temple
property, valued at about 20 kkks, is entered in Ms name. Since the new
arrangement j there has been no falling off in the splendour of the festivals or
In the liberality with which the different charities are maintained, while at the
same time the estate has been improved aad the cost of establishment reduced.
Of the villages that form the endowment,, three in MaMban and two in
Jalesar were conferred on the temple by Raja Man Slnh of Jaypur. Though
the lawful heir to the throne, he never took his seat upon it. He was the
posthumous son of Raja Prithi Sink, on whose death, in 1779 A. D, the surviv-
ing brother, Pratap Sinh, claimed the succession. The nephew's right was sub-
sequently apheld by Daolat R4o SindMa? but the young prince was devoted
to letters and religion, and on being assured of an annual income of Rs* SOjOOO?
he gladly relinquished toe royal title and retired to Brinda-baa. Here he spent
the remainder of his days in the practice of the most rigid austerities, till death
overtook him at the age of 70, in 1648. For 27 years he had remained sitting
cross-legged in one position, never moving from his seat bat once a week when
nature compelled him to withdraw. Five days before his death he predicted
Ms coming end and solemnly bequeathed to the Seth the care of his old ser-
vants ; one of whom, Lakshmi Narayan Byas? was manager of the temple estate,
till his death ia 1874
If iiie effect of the Seths* lavish endowment is impaired by the ill-judged
adoption of a foreign style of architecture, still more is this error apparent in
the temple of BadM Ramant completed within the last few years. The founder
is Sa.h Kandaa Lai, of Lakhnati? who has built on a design suggested by the
modem secular buildings of that city. The principal entrance .to the court-
yard is, in. a grandiose way. decidedly effective; and the temple itself is con-
structed of the most costly materials and fronted with a colonnade of spiral
pillars, each shaft being of a single piece, which though rather too
attenuate! are unquestionably elegant. The mechanical execution ia also good;